LA Clippers: Betting odds have Clippers making deep regression this year

Paul George, LA Clippers. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Paul George, LA Clippers. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports /

The LA Clippers had their best season in franchise history last season, making their first ever Western Conference Finals.

They went 47-25 last season, winning 65.3% of their games. They have an elite head coach who is entering his second year with the team and ready to further develop our guys, and they’re healthier than they were when the season ended last year.

Still, for some reason, the betting odds for this team tell us that the Clippers will be regressing very much this season.

WynnBET set the LA Clippers’ over/under win total at 45.5 for this upcoming season.

The LA Clippers will be without Kawhi Leonard for much of this season, but they were without him when they went to the Western Conference Finals just last year. He was hurt from Game 5 of the Western Conference Semifinals on after the series was tied 2-2. The Clippers still managed to get by without him, and take the Suns to a competitive six game WCF series.

So yes, losing Kawhi is a huge blow, but the Clips have been here before. It’s unclear as to why the team is expected to handle the injury so much worse this time than the last time.

Even worse, WynnBET has the under set at -120 and the over at -105. The Clippers have better odds to have 45 wins at the very most than having 46 or greater.

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It’s not too surprising, as the national outlets have been very low on the Clips all offseason. It is alarming, however, that the book is saying that the Clips will regress to the point where they will win at least two less games than they won last year, despite playing ten more games this season.